OOE: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
What is Order of the Engineer?
The Order of the Engineer is an organization that seeks to promote
professionalism and ethics among other engineers and graduates of
accredited engineering programs. It is a fellowship of engineers trained
in science and technology and dedicated to the practice, teaching, or
administration of their profession.
Who can enter the Order?
Anyone who is within two terms of graduating or had already
graduated from an accredited engineering program with a bachelor's
When and why did the Order begin?
The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the USA to foster a
spirit of pride and responsibility in the profession, to bridge the gap
between training and practice, and to present to the public a visible
symbol identifying the engineer. The first ceremony was held in the
spring of 1970 on the campus of Clevelend State University in Ohio.
What is done at the ceremony?
At the ceremony, the inductees accept the Obligation of the Engineer,
a lifelong commitment to excellence in ethical engineering, and are
presented with a certficate and a stainless steel ring to be worn on the
little finger of the working hand which symbolizes the unity of the
profession in benefitting mankind and serves to remind the engineer of
the professional ethics and moral conduct to which he or she is
What is the Obligation of an Engineer?
"I am an Engineer. In my profession I take deep pride. To it I
owe solemn obligations. Since the Stone Age, human progress has been
spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature's
vast resources of material and energy for Mankind's benefit. Engineers
have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and
the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated
experience, my efforts would be feeble.
As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing,
tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the
dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it
the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth's
As an Engineer, I shall practice in none but honest enterprises. When
needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for
the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my
profession, I shall give the upmost."